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01/05/19 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
A perfect ending for North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman and quarterback Easton Stick, and yet another championship for the Bison. Stick ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Bison beat Eastern Washington 38-24 on Saturday for their record seventh FCS title, the fourth in five years with Klieman as head coach before he takes over at Kansas State. "It was a special journey - 15-0, end it with a national championship. ... The story's complete," said Klieman, 69-6 as head coach and part of all of those titles, three as defensive coordinator. "That's something that movies are made out of, dreams are made out of, books are written about." North Dakota State (15-0) has won all those seven FCS titles over the past eight seasons. Stick, who succeeded Carson Wentz as NDSU's quarterback, threw for 198 yards and ran for 121 in his 49th victory to become the winningest FCS quarterback. Stick leaves with school records for total yards (11,216), passing yards (8,693) and 129 total touchdowns (88 passing, 41 rushing). "This place is special," Stick said. "Quarterback's a unique position. You're only as good as players you're surrounded with. ... I'm so thankful for every guy I played with because as a freshman you come in and you just want to be a part of it." - AP College Football


12/17/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Quarterback Easton Stick ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to help North Dakota State defeat rival South Dakota State 44-21 in the FCS semifinals Friday night. Bruce Anderson added two rushing touchdowns for the undefeated and top-seeded Bison (14-0), who will be seeking their seventh FCS title in the last eight years. North Dakota State led 14-7 at intermission and then won a shootout in the second half. Stick, a first-team AP All-American selection, finished with 316 total yards.

He was 12-of-15 passing for 169 yards and no interceptions. "Easton Stick is the best player in college football. Period," Bison coach Chris Klieman said. "We're lucky to have him." South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier said Stick was the difference in the game. "It was a great performance," Stiegelmeier said. "We know him pretty well obviously." The Bison amassed 608 total yards, including 439 rushing. Anderson and fellow running backs Seth Wilson and Adam Cofield combined for another 242 yards on the ground. Wilson set the tone for the Bison on the first play from scrimmage in the second half when he ran 78 yards to the South Dakota State 3, leading to a touchdown and a 21-7 lead. - AP College Football

12/10/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns, Bruce Anderson ran for 124 yards with a touchdown and top-seeded North Dakota State advanced to the FCS semifinals for the eighth straight year with a 35-0 win over eighth-seeded Colgate on Saturday. Stick was 14 of 19 for 205 yards as the Bison (13-0) piled up 443 yards against the Raiders (10-2), who had the top defense in FCS. The defending national champions, who have won 19 in a row, are home against the South Dakota State-Kennesaw State winner next weekend. Ty Brooks scored on a 26-yard run to cap a four-play, 96-yard drive on NDSU's first possession.

A 2-yard pass to Ben Ellefson made it 14-0 in the second quarter. The Bison then went 70 yards on eight plays to open the second half, capped by a 10-yard pass to Darrius Shepherd, who moved into second on the NDSU career list with 179 receptions. That was more than enough for the Bison, who limited Colgate to 157 yards. The Raiders had tied the FCS record with five shutouts this season and only allowed nine touchdowns in 11 games. Stick is now 47-3 as a starting quarterback, tying former Bison QB Brock Jensen, who went 47-5 in his career, for the most wins by a starting FCS QB. NDSU kicker Cam Pedersen has converted 91 straight extra points and 251 in his career. - AP College Football

11/18/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns and North Dakota State completed a perfect regular season with a 65-17 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday. The Bison (11-0, 8-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference), ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll, extended the longest active winning streak in the FCS to 17 games. Stick was 16 of 21 for 302 yards with an interception and the senior went over 10,000 total yards of offense for his career. The teams were tied at 14-all after Matt DeSomer connected with Raphael Leonard on a 59-yard pass play for the Salukis (2-9, 1-7) with 8:36 left in the first quarter. But Stick threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Nate Jenson and after Southern Illinois fumbled on its first play after the ensuing kickoff, Stick and Ben Ellefson combined for a 22-yard score for a 28-14 first-quarter lead. Stick's 31-yard pass to Darrius Shepherd made it 35-14 at the half and Bruce Anderson added 18- and 30-yard rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. Shepherd had 99 yards receiving and Ty Brooks 113 yards rushing with a score. Robbie Grimsley made his 15th career interception. - AP College Football


11/11/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick tossed five touchdown passes - all in the first half - and Adam Cofield ran for two scores to power FCS unbeaten and top-ranked North Dakota State to a 48-7 shellacking of Missouri State on Saturday. Stick completed 15 of 24 passes for 238 yards as the Bison (10-0, 7-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. Stick opened the scoring with a 29-yard strike to Dallas Freeman. He followed that up with a 29-yard TD toss to Ben Ellefson and after Cam Pedersen missed the extra point the Bison led 13-0. James Hendricks picked off Peyton Huslig's first-down pass at the Bison 49-yard line and three plays later Stick connected with Nate Jenson for a 43-yard TD and a 20-0 lead. Stick added TD passes of 5 yards to Ellefson and 27 yards to Lance Dunn in the second quarter, giving NDSU a 34-0 halftime lead. The Bears (4-6, 2-5) scored their only TD on Jeremiah Wilson's 6-yard run in the third quarter. Cofield finished off the Bison scoring with TD runs of 14 and 5 yards heading into the fourth. Pedersen, who made 6 of 7 point-after tries, set a MVFC record with his 230th career extra point after Cofield's first TD run. Craig Coffin of Southern Illinois set the mark 12 years ago with 229. - AP College Football


11/03/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score and top-ranked North Dakota State clinched the Missouri Valley Football Conference's automatic berth to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a 17-7 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. The Bison (9-0, 6-0), No. 1 in the FCS coaches poll, beat Youngstown State for a sixth straight time and upped their FCS-best winning streak to 15. The only score of the first half came when Stick hooked up with Lance Dunn from 30 yards out with 9:07 remaining in the second quarter to put the Bison up 7-0.

The Penguins (3-6, 2-4) missed a golden opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds of the first half. A blocked punt gave Youngstown State the ball at the NDSU 12-yard line, but Nathan Mays lost track of downs and on fourth-and 1 from the 3 he spiked the ball trying to stop the clock, turning the ball over with 9 seconds left. The Penguins managed to pull even with 2:45 left in the third quarter on a 21-yard scoring strike from Mays to Miles Joiner, but Stick ran it in from a yard out early in the fourth quarter and Cam Pedersen added a 36-yard field goal with 5:13 remaining to wrap up the win. Dunn finished with 100 yards rushing on 18 carries and Stick completed 13 of 23 passes for 197 yards. Youngstown State managed just 280 yards of offense. - AP College Football

10/23/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Facing yet another tough Missouri Valley rival, North Dakota State was up to the task defeating then-No. 7 Illinois State, 28-14. The Bison extended their winning streak to seven games to remain No. 1 and undefeated in 2018. Illinois State dropped just two spots to a No. 9 ranking in the eighth week of the AFCA FCS Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Next week, North Dakota State will travel to South Dakota as Missouri Valley play continues, while Illinois State looks to bounce back against No. 8 South Dakota State. Northern Iowa has rejoined the Top 25 at No. 23 for the first time since week 5 after a huge upset of then-No. 3 South Dakota State, 24-9. Also joining the poll for the first time in 2018 is North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks sit at No. 24 after a 41-15 victory over Sacramento State. - American Football Coaches Association


10/20/18 - (RB) - Lance Dunn, Sr, 5-09, 208
Top-ranked North Dakota State used three Lance Dunn touchdown runs to build a big lead and cruise to a 28-14 victory over Illinois State in Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Saturday. The Bison (7-0. 4-0), ranked No. 1 in the FCS coaches' poll, led 7-0 after one quarter on Dunn's 4-yard TD run. Dallas Freeman ran it in from nine yards out and Dunn added a 1-yard scoring plunge for a 21-0 halftime lead by the defending champions. Dunn's final TD run came from the 2-yard line and was set up by Darrius Shepherd's 69-yard punt return to the Redbirds' 17-yard line. Dunn finished with 61 yards on 19 carries. Shepherd hauled in six passes for 126 yards. Easton Stick completed 13 of 22 passes for 207 yards and ran for 70 yards on 10 totes. James Robinson scored on an 11-yard run with 98 seconds left in the third quarter to put the Redbirds (5-2, 2-2) on the scoreboard and Brady Davis added a 21-yard scoring strike to Spencer Schnell in the fourth quarter for Illinois State. Robinson had 20 carries for 128 yards. - AP College Football


10/14/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
The North Dakota State defense forced five turnovers, including Dan Marlette's 38-yard scoop-and-score, to help the Bison beat Western Illinois 34-7 on Saturday night. Easton Stick was 11-of-20 passing for 123 yards, including a 22-yard TD pass to Darrius Shepherd, with no interceptions. Shepherd finished with five receptions for 67 yards and Lance Dunn 64 yards rushing and a scored on 15 carries for NDSU (6-0, 3-0). The Leathernecks (2-4, 1-2 Missouri Valley) went three-and-out on its first three offensive possessions before an eight-play, 87-yard drive - including a 14-yard pass from Sean McGuire to Clint Ratkovich on third-and-12 - capped by Isaiah Lesure's 5-yard touchdown reception gave them a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter.

On the ensuing NDSU possession, the Bison ran seven times while going 75 yards on eight plays as Dunn's 1-yard TD run made it 10-7 and Marlette's fumble return gave NDSU a 10-point lead at the half. Each of Western Illinois' four possessions in the fourth quarter ended with an interception, including two by James Hendricks. Lesure finished with 12 catches for 170 yards - both career highs. The Bison, ranked No. 1 in the FCS, have won 12 consecutive games, including a 17-13 win over James Madison in the national championship game last season. - AP College Football

10/06/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick had two scoring runs and a touchdown pass and North Dakota State scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a rout with a 56-31 thumping of Northern Iowa in Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Saturday. The Bison (5-0, 2-0), the top-ranked FCS team in the coaches' poll, trailed the 22nd-ranked Panthers (2-3, 1-1) by three points entering the fourth quarter. That's when Stick took over the game.

NDSU's senior quarterback started the scoring burst with a 75-yard strike to Bruce Anderson on the first play of a drive just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 35-31 lead. Stick added a 1-yard TD plunge and a 31-yard TD run on the Bison's next two possessions. Adam Cofield added a 25-yard TD run to cap the scoring as NDSU finished with TDs on all four fourth-quarter possessions. Stick completed just nine passes for 179 yards, but four of them went for TDs. He added 35 yards rushing. Eli Dunne passed for 362 yards and three TDs for the Panthers. - AP College Football

09/29/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and North Dakota State, the top-ranked team in the FCS coaches' poll, rallied for a 21-17 victory over third-ranked South Dakota State in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams on Saturday. Stick connected with Ben Ellefson for a 17-yard score and hooked up with Darrius Shepherd for a 41-yard TD in the second quarter to give the Bison (4-0) a 14-7 halftime lead. The Jackrabbits (2-1) grabbed a 17-14 lead by the end of the third quarter on Chase Vinatieri's 39-yard field goal and a 61-yard TD run by Isaac Wallace. The lead lasted until NDSU's next possession. Stick engineered an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by his 5-yard TD run with 13 minutes remaining in the game to give the Bison the lead for good. Stick completed 9 of 20 passes for 182 yards and ran for 63 yards on 15 carries. Wallace rushed for 110 yards on just nine carries for the Jacks. Christion totaled 202 yards on 19-of-29 passing. - AP College Football


02/27/18 - (ILB) - Nick DeLuca, Sr, 6-3, 251
2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State...Injuries have been an issue for DeLuca the past two seasons, missing most of 2016 after a torn labrum. He also suffered a partially torn meniscus and required surgery during his senior season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


01/25/18 - (ILB) - Nick DeLuca, Sr, 6-3, 251
Senior Bowl Thursday: North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca had an excellent practice on Thursday. During coverage drills, most linebackers and safeties wait for the back or tight end to make a move and then react. However, DeLuca didn't let that happen, attacking downhill to meet the pass-catcher and disrupt the timing of the route. He is a very smart and physical player, but the medical report will be key at the Scouting Combine with his injury issues the past two seasons. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


01/06/18 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
North Dakota State staved off a late scoring threat by James Madison, reclaiming the FCS championship by avenging last year's semifinal loss to the Dukes with a 17-13 victory Saturday at Frisco, Texas. James Madison's 26-game win streak -- the longest among all three divisions of college football -- was snapped. North Dakota State (14-1) won the title five straight years from 2011-15 before the Dukes (14-1) captured the championship last year. The Bison survived after James Madison's Simeyon Robinson blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt by Cam Peterson with 4:37 left in regulation. The Dukes started the drive at their 27-yard line after the block. After quarterback Bryan Schor ran 17 yards for a first down on the first series, James Madison converted on a fourth-and-9 play in which punter Harry O'Kelly ran the fake 24 yards to the North Dakota State 29 with 2:24 left.

The Dukes could not convert on a fourth-and-16 play with 1:10 remaining at the Bison 25. Schor was pressured to his right and heaved a high pass to the end zone that was batted down by North Dakota State defenders at the goal line. The game ended with quarterback Easton Stick running behind the line, allowing the last four seconds to tick off on a fourth-and-1 play at the Bison 34-yard line. Stick was an effective 13 of 20 for 130 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. James Madison could not overcome North Dakota State's defense -- totaling only 241 yards -- and a season-high three turnovers that resulted in 10 points for the Bison. North Dakota State looked like it would go into halftime with a 17-3 lead after Peterson made a 32-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the first half. - The Sports Xchange

12/22/17 - (FS) - Tre Dempsey, Sr, 5-09, 180
2017 WALTER CAMP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DB Tre Dempsey, North Dakota State,...Dempsey, a senior from Lakeland, Fla., leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference with six interceptions and has four pass breakups. He is tied for second in NDSU history and is first among FCS active players with 16 career interceptions. Dempsey has 47 tackles including 28 solo stops this season, plus one interception return for a touchdown. No. 2 seed North Dakota State (13-1) advanced to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game for the sixth time in seven years and will face top-seeded defending national champion James Madison (14-0) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. - North Dakota State Football


12/20/17 - (FS) - Tre Dempsey, Sr, 5-09, 180
2017 AFCA FCS COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Tre Dempsey, 5-10 184, Sr., North Dakota State, Chris Klieman Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland),...Dempsey, a senior from Lakeland, Fla., leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference with six interceptions and has four pass breakups. He is tied for second in NDSU history and is first among FCS active players with 16 career interceptions. Dempsey has 47 tackles including 28 solo stops this season, plus one interception return for a touchdown. - North Dakota State Football


12/20/17 - (C) - Austin Kuhnert, Sr, 6-4, 303
2017 AFCA FCS COACHES' FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Austin Kuhnert, 6-4 304, Sr., North Dakota State, Chris Klieman, Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington),...Kuhnert, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., has started 50 games and played 54 of 59 possible contests in four years at three different positions on the offensive line for the Bison. At right guard this year, he led the Bison during the regular season with an 86 percent technique grade and was second on the team with 31 knockdowns. He was a first team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference pick. - North Dakota State Football


12/16/17 - (RB) - Bruce Anderson, Sr, 5-10, 210
No matter which nemesis North Dakota State faces in the FCS championship game, the Bison looked quite able to exact some payback after a 55-13 win over Sam Houston State in Friday night's semifinal. Bruce Anderson scored five touchdowns - four in the first half - and North Dakota State rolled up 642 yards offense in crushing the Bearkats. The second-seeded Bison will face the winner of Saturday's game between defending national champion James Madison and NDSU's Missouri Valley Football Conference rival South Dakota State on Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas. James Madison ended the Bison's run of five straight national championships with a semifinal victory last season and the Jackrabbits, second to the Bison in the MVFC, beat North Dakota State 33-21 at home on Nov. 4. I'm just excited were going back to Frisco, it doesn't matter who we play," Bison coach Chris Klieman said. "We have a bunch of leaders in that locker room who deserve to go back to that game."

Friday night's game was essentially over at halftime after North Dakota State scored touchdowns on six of its seven offensive possessions. The half ended on the Bearkats' third turnover, an interception by Tre Dempsey, who also made a fumble recovery. Sixth-seeded Sam Houston State (12-2) came in with the leading offense in the FCS, averaging over 45 points and 552 yards offense. But the Bearkats were squelched by the Bison, finishing with 352 yards but only 176 in the pivotal first half. - AP College Football

12/09/17 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw for three first-half touchdowns and ran for another in the second half and second-seeded North Dakota State rolled to a 42-10 win over seventh-seeded Wofford in the FCS quarterfinals on Saturday. Bruce Anderson also ran for two scores in the first half for the Bison (12-1), who play the winner of Saturday's late game, Kennesaw State-Sam Houston State, in the semifinals next weekend at home. Stick completed 9 of 10 passes in the first half for 157 yards with touchdowns to Connor Wentz (48 yards), Seth Wilson (18 yards) and Jeff Illies (4 yards). The Bison piled up 265 yards and held Wofford to 95 with just four first downs, two coming on fourth down conversions. The Terriers got a field goal on their initial possession and a touchdown after a fumble recovery gave them a short field. Stick's 7-yard run accounted for the only points in the second half. NDSU, which won five-straight titles before losing to eventual champion James Madison in the semifinals last year, piled up 261 yards on the ground and 464 yards of total offense. While the Bison were seven yards shy of their season average on the ground, they held the Terriers (10-3) to 134, 120 below their average. Wofford ended up with eight first downs and 177 yards, going 1 of 12 on third down. - AP College Football


12/02/17 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and second-seeded North Dakota State rolled past San Diego 38-3 on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The Bison (11-1), who won five consecutive FCS titles from 2012-16 and lost to eventual champion James Madison in the semifinals last year, will take on No. 7 seed Wofford in the quarterfinals. The Bison also beat San Diego (10-3) in last year's second round, 45-7. Leading 17-0 at halftime, the Bison broke the game open with a 21-point third quarter with Ty Brooks running 23 yards for a score, Bruce Anderson scoring on a 48-yard screen pass and Stick throwing 13 yards to RJ Urzendowski, who made a diving, one-handed grab.

Stick threw a 19-yard TD pass to Seth Wilson and ran 51 yards for another score in the first quarter. Cam Pederson added a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter. Stick finished 9 of 16 for 171 yards passing and rushed for 54 yards. Anderson rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries along with his touchdown catch. Brooks finished with 88 yards rushing as the Bison rolled up 472 yards offense while holding the Toreros to 174. San Diego, which had won nine straight games, got its only points on Patrick Murray's 48-yard, fourth-quarter field goal. - AP College Football

10/28/17 - (ILB) - Nick DeLuca, Sr, 6-3, 251
Levi Jordheim recovered three fumbles, Robbie Grimsley had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown and North Dakota State took advantage of five turnovers to beat Northern Iowa 30-14 on Saturday. Jordheim's three fumble recoveries, two created by teammate Nick DeLuca, tied the school record set in 1976 by Don Meyers. The Bison (8-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley), ranked No. 2 in the FCS, entered the game as the nation's top-ranked defensive team and showed why with six sacks and 12 tackles for loss, holding a Panthers (4-4, 3-2) rushing offense that came in with 399 yards and five scores in its previous two games to just 48 yards and no scores on the ground. DeLuca led the defense with seven tackles, four solo, two sacks and two tackles for loss. Grimsley's pick-six tied the score at 7-all at halftime. Ty Brooks scored on a 22-yard run, Cam Pedersen kicked a 23-yard field goal, Easton Stick threw a 31-yard score to RJ Urzendowski and Bruce Anderson ran in from the 1 in NDSU's second-half scoring spree. Eli Dunne threw two touchdown passes to Daurice Fountain for Northern Iowa (4-4, 3-2). The victory was the 100th since 2010 for NDSU. - AP College Football


10/15/17 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Cam Pedersen kicked a game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime to give North Dakota State a 27-24 win over Youngstown State in a battle of top-ranked Football Championship Subdivision teams Saturday. The victory gives the Bison (6-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley) 12 straight road wins and snapped the Penguins 11-game home win streak. Youngstown State's Tevin McCaster capped a 9-play, 90-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 1:23 left to knot the score at 24-24 and force overtime, but the Penguins missed a 39-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. The Penguins (3-3, 1-2) took a 10-0 lead after one quarter, but Easton Stick brought the Bison right back, hitting RJ Urzendowski with a 16-yard strike and leading a 13-play, 80-yard drive capped by Pedersen's 19-yard field goal that made it 10-10 at halftime. Stick finished 11 of 20 for 113 yards and two TDs, adding an 80-yard touchdown run of his own. - AP College Football


09/30/17 - (QB) - Easton Stick, rSr, 6-2, 221
Easton Stick threw for two touchdowns and Lance Dunn ran for two more as North Dakota State beat Missouri State for the eighth time in 10 tries, 38-11 in the Bison's Missouri Valley Conference opener Saturday. Stick drove the Bison 90 yards on the opening drive, hitting Jeff Illies from 32-yards out for the score to make it 7-0 less than four minutes into the game. Dunn capped a four-play, 81-yard drive on the second possession, scoring from 18 yards out. North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0) stopped the Bears on fourth down at the 1 early in the second quarter, but surrendered a safety when Dunn was unable to escape the end zone on first down from the 2. The victory was the seventh straight Homecoming victory for the Bison, matching the longest such streak in school history. Missouri State (1-4, 0-2) managed just 234 yards offense. - AP College Football


09/23/17 - (RB) - Lance Dunn, Sr, 5-09, 208
Lance Dunn scored touchdowns on each of the four times he touched of the ball, Easton Stick threw two touchdowns and North Dakota State beat Robert Morris 56-0 on Saturday. Dunn became the first Bison player to score four touchdowns since DJ McNorton's effort at Montana State in 2010 in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Dunn did all his damage in the first half on three carries for 111 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 10-yarder for a score. He scored on runs of 61, 5 and 45 yards. North Dakota State (3-0) scored five touchdowns in the first quarter and led 49-0 at halftime. The Bison piled up 450 yards of total offense to 57 for Robert Morris (2-2). The Bison were 10 of 17 on third down conversions with Robert Morris going 0 for 9. The Bison held the ball for just more than 39 minutes. Cole Blake had 50 yards rushing for Robert Morris. - AP College Football


09/10/17 - (RB) - Lance Dunn, Sr, 5-09, 208
Bruce Anderson and Lance Dunn combined for more than 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns, and North Dakota State rolled to a 40-13 win over Eastern Washington in a matchup of FCS powers on Saturday. Anderson had 160 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and Dunn picked up 148 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Easton Stick threw for 157 yards while the Bison defense stymied the Eagles. Gage Gubrud, who set 18 Eastern Washington records and three FCS marks in passing for more than 5,000 yards last year, was 10 for 30 for 134 yards and two interceptions. The Eagles finished with 204 yards on offense and had just 11 first downs. The Bison had 31 first downs and held the ball for almost 43 minutes. It was North Dakota's first trip to EWU since falling 38-31 in overtime in the FCS playoffs in 2010. Eastern went on to win the national championship but the Bison won the next five. Last year, when NDSU beat the Eagles 50-44 early in the season, both teams lost in the semifinals. Taking a 19-10 lead at the half, the Bison put the game away with three straight touchdown drives for a 40-13 lead with 12:32 to play. - AP College Football


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